rudy ricciotti architecte: musée jean cocteau
rudy ricciotti architecte: musée jean cocteau rudy ricciotti architecte: musée jean cocteau
dec 05, 2011

rudy ricciotti architecte: musée jean cocteau

‘musée jean cocteau’ by rudy ricciotti architecte, menton, france image © eric duliere all images courtesy rudy ricciotti architecte

french practice rudy ricciotti architecte has completed the ‘musée jean cocteau’, a museum dedicated to the career of jean cocteau, a french artist, poet, and playwriter positioned within his hometown in menton, france. the featured exhibits were contributed by philanthropist severin wunderman, who donated his entire personal collection to the initiative, including 990 original works within a total amalgamation of 1800 pieces from other artists within his circle. recently inaugurated, the 2,700 square meter building contains drawings, paintings, ceramics, tapestries, manuscripts and projections of his films within galleries which overlook the adjacent ligurian sea.

entrance to veranda image © olivier amsellem

placed upon a triangular site, a transparent box is concealed within a fragmented shell, evoking the nature of the elusive artwork inside. reading as a monolithic form, the concrete exterior is comprised of a structural roof which extends beyond the building and begins to merge with lines of columns placed outside the glass facade, creating a veranda which wraps around the entire perimeter. undulating cuts have been incised into the thick roof plane, yielding skylights which venture into the ceiling of the gallery spaces. a library will catalogue additional resources while a coffee shop will be accessible to both visitors and residents of the city with a pergola for outdoor seating.

voids between columns and roof beams introduce striated natural daylight into the interior image © olivier amsellem

columns and beams create a rhythmic facade expression image © olivier amsellem

glass windows mirrors concrete structure image © olivier amsellem

columns meet roof beams at 90 degree angle image © olivier amsellem

corner detail image © olivier amsellem

concrete structure is reflected within the facade image © olivier amsellem

glass meeting the roof plane image © olivier amsellem

glass facade encloses the interior image © olivier amsellem

curves of structure reflected within glass facade image © olivier amsellem

upward view within the wrap around veranda image © olivier amsellem

(left) lighting quality within veranda (right) void between structure and glass facade images © olivier amsellem

glass skylights created by the concrete superstructure image © olivier amsellem

(left) striated shadows within the space (right) view to the sea images © olivier amsellem

(left) interior gallery spaces (right) outward views framed by concrete columns images © olivier amsellem

aerial view image © olivier amsellem

entrance under construction

roofline detail

roof with skylights

aerial of building while under construction

  • It looks like such an amazing building!

    laura says:
  • how many time for find the concept?
    2 may be 3 seconds….
    building doesn’t mean packaging.

    architecture lover says:
  • Interesting building – bit of a shame in reality they’ve had to screen out the rooflight fingers with white drapes to get the natural lighting right… and reality!
    It also is a bit odd to be in the space as the sunset arrives – which it has a stunning location to view, then to walk out and realise the tinted glass has made it appear much darker/later than it was.
    Its a shame the building wasn’t in a pedestrian plaza, as the close proximity of trafiic on two sides means screening is required to refocus on the art work.
    Nevertheless a bold concept

    06 Architect says:
  • Riccioti has been awarded the french “Grand Prix National d’Architecture”…
    Now, you see how sick architecture is in France.

    Architecte français says:
  • Where is architecture heading to? Have we lost our way?

    horrified architect says:
  • meaning is being reduced to the surface of things.
    resulting in flimsy, trite imagery, and little else.

    ed says:

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